15 days after the Christmas & New Year celebrations I was still experiencing side effects of the overindulgent eating and drinking (and yes, I take full responsibility).
In fact up until 15th of Jan I was feeling sluggish, bloated and every little run outdoors felt much harder than it should have.
So this week I got on with implementing some simple changes to get back on track. No big over-promises to self, just small daily adjustments that have afforded my energy levels to rise and my bloated discomfort to subside… sweet joy!
And it’s all been about detoxing my life. If you’re going to praise healthy living best get to living it. And here’s what I’ve been doing…
- Drinking More Water – same old story, same old song but it works! As much as the late night bathroom visits drive me insane I feel good; my skin is happier and it has definitely helped with the clean up from the inside out!
- Eating Regular Meals – regulate your meal times and get some quality food on your plate. I’m back on my banana & honey milkshakes for breakfast, eating little and often through the day (avocado, variety of fish, tomatoes and other tasty stuff) whilst keeping caffeine and alcohol intake at an all time low (my hand might be missing the glass but my body is thanking me for it!)
- Getting Active – Get up offa that thing – Mr J Brown knew what he was talking about when he sang that. Dance, run, skip walk, it really doesn’t matter but get moving. As hard as those first few runs of the year were I can finally breathe normally on them again… Yay!
- Practising Mindfulness – Free your mind and observe your thoughts without judgement, worry or fear. 5-10 minutes per day is a good start (well, any start is going to be beneficial). It reminds me how useless worrying is and I definitely feel calmer and more in control…. interesting practice.
- Expressing Gratitude – Just be thankful for what you’ve got. At any moment of the day acknowledge and express thanks for something… anything; family, friends, waking up, a warm bed, food on the table, work. It’s a healthy reminder of all that I already have.
5 days on and I am feeling pretty good, ready to head back to the gym at the weekend and up my fitness game.
I encourage everyone to detox their life in whatever way adds joy, energy and happiness.
Happy New Year and may health be your new best friend!
One Life, Live It Well
Published by YvonneB
A catalyst for change, Yvonne Bignall is a breath of fresh air in the extraordinary way she helps women 50+ to reconnect with life & their innate power through radical self-care, guilt-free!
She supports, encourages, and inspires women to prioritise their health, one bitesize action at a time. Her work is challenging as it navigates through difficult conversations, listening & observing how women’s health issues have been:
❊ Under-resourced &
❊ Swept under the carpet
She helps women to recognise & unpack old scripts that still (sadly enough) tell them that their value derives from their level of caregiving of others, their output. The truth is it is the input, the ability to resource self, which provides women with the energy required to realise their true potential.
Along with her team, she explores the thoughts, behaviour & habits, often born out of guilt, gender expectations, and reinforced narratives, with curiosity (not judgment), discarding the unhelpful, whilst reclaiming innate power through the creation of new patterns, restoring a sense of self, outside of societal expectations. In her opinion, this allows women to:
✔ Develop an elevated level of self-awareness
✔ Build / rebuild their confidence & self-belief
✔ Value all of who they are and invest time in who they want to be at their best
A self-care warrior, an encourager & inspirer, Yvonne is today an award-winning Women’s Health Advocate, Published Author, and an International Presenter. She is also a Radio Show Host and a Podcaster.
Yvonne is focused on building a community of women, www.PermissionToThrive.online, who are ready to reclaim their right to self-care, guilt-free, and who prioritise their health without apology, role-modeling behaviour & habits that inform generations to come of their true value.
She also advocates for self-care over burnout in the workplace, delivering practical webinars in the corporate space. In her own words, “It is time for employees to prioritise their wellbeing. How will they deliver their best work without it?”
One of her favourite quotes comes from Eleanor Brown, ‘Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel’
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